Habitat to break ground

Organization to start construction on its second duplex

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The Routt County Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking celebration on April 21 to mark the building of a second duplex. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. at Lot 26 in West End Village adjacent to 2942 Abbey Road.

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The Routt County Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking celebration on April 21 to mark the building of a second duplex. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. at Lot 26 in West End Village adjacent to 2942 Abbey Road.

— The Routt County Habitat for Humanity will break ground on its second duplex April 21 in conjunction with a statewide celebration for Habitat for Humanity.

April 21 marks the Habitat Builds Colorado Day, a day organized by Habitat for Humanity of Colorado during which Gov. Bill Ritter and many other government officials will join with Habitat to raise awareness for affordable housing issues.

Habitat for Humanity Colorado has committed to make a grant of $10,000 to each affiliate in Colorado that holds an event on the 21st and tries to get locally elected officials involved.

Jim Ballard, who serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Colorado and serves as the local affiliates treasurer, said the Routt County branch has invited Sen. Jack Taylor, representative Al White, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Commissioners.

The public also is welcome to come out and meet the two partner families for whom the duplex is being built, look at construction drawings and see the duplex next door that was recently completed.

The even takes place at 10 a.m. at Lot 26 in West End Village adjacent to 2942 Abbey Road.

Ballard said plans for the duplex are almost done, and he hopes construction can begin by the end of the month with a target goal for finishing the duplex before the end of the year.

The first duplex was finished around Thanksgiving.

The Routt County Habitat for Humanity is one of 30 recognized organizations since 1999. To date, they've renovated 22 Hillside Village apartments, built five houses and the one duplex.

The event is only the start to a big month for the organization. After the groundbreaking ceremony, Routt County Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual Carpenter's Ball on May 12 at the Steamboat Grand. The cost of the event is $60, and it features dinner, a dance and a silent auction.

Routt County Habitat for Humanity still is looking for volunteers and donations to help complete the duplex. Ballard said the organization has to raise another $100,000 to finish the duplex.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to Habitat for Humanity or interested in tickets for the Carpenter's Ball should call Ballard at 871-9276.

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